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Royal Malewane is an exclusive safari lodge in the 12,000-hectare Thornybush Game Reserve, part of the private Sabi Sands concession on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A maximum of just 20 guests are accommodated in colonial splendour, with each air-conditioned suite having its own private deck, pool and gazebo. Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp complex, which houses a library, dining area and lounge furnished with antiques and Persian carpets. There is also a gym, a steamroom and a spa where qualified therapists offer massage, aromatherapy and other treatments.
Game viewing is either by open Land Rover or on foot, accompanied by expert rangers and trackers. All the 'big five' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - are present, plus a rich variety of other game and over 250-recorded bird species.
In the evenings, enjoy world-class cuisine and a selection of South Africa's finest wines.
It's hard to drag yourself away from such deliciousness, but a visit to the nearby Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - where injured and orphaned creatures are rehabilitated before being released back to the wild - is well worth it.
Nick, Original Traveller